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Franz Beckenbauer Biography

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Full name Franz Anton Beckenbauer
Date of birth 11 September 1945
Place of birth Munich, Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 1/2 in)
Playing position Sweeper


Youth career
1959–1964 Bayern Munich


Senior career
Years Team Apps Goals
1964–1977 Bayern Munich 427 (60)
1977–1980 New York Cosmos 105 (19)
1980–1982 Hamburger SV 28 (0)
1983 New York Cosmos 27 (2)


1964 West Germany Youth 3 (3)
1965 West Germany B 2 (0)
1965–1977 West Germany 103 (14)


1984–1990 West Germany
1990–1991 Marseille
1994 Bayern Munich
1996 Bayern Munich

Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German soccer coach, menager and former player nicknamed "Der Kaiser" which means "The Emparor" as Franz Beckenbauer Biography shows.

While researching Franz Beckenbauer Biography and profile I have found that his style of play, leadership and authority on the field during his playing days made him one of the greatest German soccer players ever lived.

He started out playing in the midfield but would make his name as a defender. Beckenbauer is a player that invented and revolutionised the role of sweeper or libero.

During his career he made many accomplishments and won many championships as I have listed below.

Franz Beckenbauer Biography - First contract with Bayern Munich

Even tho he always liked and idolized 1860 Munich, Franz Beckenbauer Biography shows him sign his first professional contract with Bayern Munich.

His first game was on June 6th, 1964 against Stuttgarte Kickers in a Regionalliga Süd "Regional League South".

After the first season in the Regional League South, Bayern Munich would be promoted into a newly organized "Bundesliga".

Soon after joining Bundesliga, Bayern would become a powerful force in the Bundesliga as well as around the world.

Franz Beckenbauer biography shows him becoming a captain during the 1968–69 season and leading his team to their very first Bundesliga title of many to come.

I think its important to mention that Bayern Munich had won the European Cup three times in a row during the 1974-76 which earned the club the honor of keeping the trophy permanently.

After winning many titles, honors and cups with Bayern Munich it was time to move on to a different club.

Franz Beckenbauer Bio - Lucrative offer from New York Cosmos

After playing with Bayern Munich for 13 years and establishing himself as one of the best players in the world as well as being the player that revolutionized the sweeper position, Beckenbauer signed a lucrative offer he couldn't refuse from the North American Soccer League's "New York Cosmos".

He spent the next 3 years with the club and won the league title year after year every season.

As soccer was not very popular at the time in America, Beckenbauer would play with ease during this time of his career.

Franz Beckenbauer Profile - Back in Germany and Hamburger SV

After spending 3 years with the New York Cosmos, Beckenbauer came back to Germany and Hamburger SV where he planned to retire.

During the two years with Hamburger SV, he won yet another Bundesliga title and even though he wanted to retire in Germany, he went back to New York Cosmos at 38 years of age where he played one year before retiring.

Franz Beckenbauer was voted second place in the European Player of the Century election, behind Johan Cruyff and third in the World Player of the Century election, after Pele and again, Johan Cruyff.

He would also be the center of attention during the legendary match that was said to be "Match of the Century" during the 1970 World Cup. Beckenbauer captained Germany to the semi final where they met the strong Italian side.

After all the substitutions were used by Germany, Beckenbauer was at the end of a hard tackle which broke his clavicle.

Instead of leaving the game, Beckenbauer would grind his teeth and come back on the pitch with his arm in a sling which displayed one of the most beautiful and inspiring moments in soccer.

Germany lost this game 4-3.

Franz Beckenbauer Bio - ACHIEVEMENTS


  • 1976 Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1982 Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 1982 Golden Ring of Honour of the City of Munich
  • 1986 Cross of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1995 Honorary Golden Coin of the City of Munich
  • 2004 Honorary Doctor of National Sports Academy Sofia
  • 2006 Commanders Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2008 Lower Saxon Merit 1st Class
  • 2009 Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2011 Honorary consul of the Republic of Kosovo and of the Football Federation of Kosovo.


Bayern Munich

  • Bundesliga Winner: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74
  • DFB Cup Winner: 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71
  • European Cup Winner: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winner: 1966–67
  • Intercontinental Cup Winner: 1976
  • Regionalliga Süd Winner: 1965, 31 matches 16 goals


  • Bundesliga Winner: 1981–82

New York Cosmos

  • NASL Championship Winner: 1977, 1978, 1980
  • Trans-Atlantic Cup Championships Winner: 1980, 1983


  • FIFA World Cup Winner: 1974
  • Runner-up: 1966
  • Third-Place: 1970

  • UEFA European Football Championship Winner: 1972
  • Runner-up: 1976

Franz Beckenbauer biography - Managerial

  • FIFA World Cup Winner: 1990
  • Runner-up: 1986

  • French Ligue 1 Winner: 1990–91
  • Bundesliga Winner: 1993–94
  • UEFA Cup Winner: 1995–96


  • FIFA Centennial Player and Football Personality Award 2004
  • Ballon d'Or Winner: 1972, 1976
  • Runner-up: 1974, 1975
  • FIFA World Cup Young Player of the Tournament: 1966
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Runner-up: 1974
  • FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament: 1966, 1970, 1974
  • European Football Championships Team of the Tournament: 1972, 1976
  • German Footballer of the Year: 1966, 1968, 1974, 1976
  • NASL Most Valuable Player Award: 1977
  • World Soccer Magazine of the Year Winner: 1972, 1976
  • Runner-up: 1974, 1975

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